Officer John McClane landed on the silver screen and pumped up the testosterone levels of almost red blooded American male 25 years ago in the film Die Hard.
It became an instinct action and Christmas season classic. But it was the rare actioner. Yes, the handsome, smarmy Bruce Willis had a following courtesy of the hit TV series Moonlighting, but he opened the doors for more fans to appreciate his charms with his portrayal of McClane.
McClane is a badass with a heart. He quotes cowboys, yet when we first meet him when he’s trapped in Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles fending off alleged terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), his primary concern is ensuring the welfare of his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), this despite the fact their marriage is in a deep valley. That's an action film any guy can take a significant other to see. The character scores with men and women because of those traits.
He’s rough around the edges, but holds a great sense of honor and that has been true of the character through subsequent sequels. That is something that could always be counted upon.
With today’s release of A Good Day to Die Hard, McClane returns with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) with something missing in the translation. Now after five films and 25 years, it’s fair to ask the question: which Die Hard film is best? That’s something every fan of the serious should contemplate.
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